Social and Fraternal Organizations Research Guide

Articles from Missouri Historical Review and Missouri Times


Many of the State Historical Society’s holdings are included in the SHSMO online catalog. The State Historical Society holds books on social and fraternal organizations in Missouri. Some materials can be found by searching the subject term “social organizations” or “fraternal organization.” It is most effective to search for the specific organization you are actively studying such as The Boy Scouts of America, 4-H, or a particular fraternity or sorority.

Historic Missourian Biographies

Social and fraternal organizations include many different organizations such as social and civic service organizations and fraternal groups. The State Historical Society of Missouri's Historic Missourians website has an entire category dedicated to leaders and activists, featuring biographies complete with images, artifacts, and primary sources.


The State Historical Society of Missouri’s manuscript collections include social and civic service organizations and fraternal groups such as Kiwanis clubs, Lions clubs, and Rotary clubs, and Masonic lodges. These collections preserve the history of these organizations and demonstrate their impact within the state. The collections include the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Orient of St. Louis Convocations, the 140th F Club Records, and the Boonslick Kiwanis Club, Columbia, Missouri Records.

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